A Small Fire

A Chicago Premiere
By Adam Bock, directed by Joanie Schultz

John and Emily's lives are upended when Emily is struck by a mysterious disease. As Emily's condition strips away her senses, she is left to find her true self and true love. Bock's redemptive story of a family's journey from loss to hope premiered at Playwrights Horizon in New York in 2011. 

July - August 2014


Melissa Riemer*
Julia Siple*
James Allen*
Robert Koon

Director – Joanie Schultz**
Production Manager – Julia Siple*
Stage Manager – Ellen Willett
Scenic Design – Chelsea M. Warren**
Lighting Design – Heather Gilbert
Costume Design – Alison Siple
Sound Design & Original Music – Thomas Dixon**
Prop Design – Andrew Lex
Dramaturg – Kristin Leahey
Asst. Director – Arianna Soloway
Technical Director – Julie Allen

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

In the press

"A Small Fire heats things up at Steep... Schultz's deftly ambiguous direction is paired with the wholly committed truthfulness of her uniformly excellent cast." 
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"Joanie Schultz's finely orchestrated staging...is highly infectious...all four actors tackle the situation with braveness and honesty"
- Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago
Highly Recommended
"A Small Fire ignites deep reflection...an evocative look at drastic life changes." 
- Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
"only about 80 minutes long. But the changes it charts...are massive and devastating... A Small Fire is quite a good play." 
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"Director Joanie Schultz, with the superb cast, leaves the audience on the edge of the seat from start to finish"
- Theatre World Internet Magazine
"funny, intelligent, and gut-stabbingly good... a hilarious yet thought-provoking production." 
- Theater By Numbers